One of York’s major theaters is to lay off 60 workers and run the skeleton system as the Furlough project comes to an end.
The Grand Opera House on Clifton Street in York has not been able to hold any live performances since the lockout began.
It is understood that about 11 full-time employees and 50 ordinary workers have been affected.
Also some employees are on temporary layoffs and will be brought back to the company in the coming months.
Apart from the Furlough project, the place has no government or art forum support, it is a business operator and part of the Ambassador Theater Group (ADG), the company said.
The group has contacted several of its employees to announce that they will be laid off.
In a statement, an ATG spokesman said: “In the context of closed theaters, there is no clarity on the date of reopening without suspended products and social remote controls.
“The ATG has stated that individuals working in their locations will be notified of their contract short-term employment and layoff terms after the end of the government job retention program.
“A support team covering theater operations, programming, marketing, ticketing, information technology, finance, human resources and other areas maintains operational readiness.”
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